How to Prepare for the GED High School Equivalency Exam

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Updated to reflect the recent major changes in the high school equivalency exam, this manual presents a full-length diagnostic test with answer keys, answer analyses, and self-appraisal charts. The diagnostic is followed by reviews of all GED test subjects, which emphasize proficiency in high-school level math, reading comprehension, and writing skill, as well as knowledge of social studies, arts, and literature. Two full-length practice exams modeled after the new GED exam complete this manual. They come with ...
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Overview

Updated to reflect the recent major changes in the high school equivalency exam, this manual presents a full-length diagnostic test with answer keys, answer analyses, and self-appraisal charts. The diagnostic is followed by reviews of all GED test subjects, which emphasize proficiency in high-school level math, reading comprehension, and writing skill, as well as knowledge of social studies, arts, and literature. Two full-length practice exams modeled after the new GED exam complete this manual. They come with all questions answered and explained.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764175299
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

The 2002 GED Examination ix
Preface xxviii
Unit I Introduction to the GED Examination 1
Chapter 1 Preparing for the GED Examination 3
The Importance of the GED Examination 3
The Five GED Test Areas 3
Commonly Asked Questions About the GED Tests 4
Timetable of a High School Equivalency Examination 4
Organizing Your Plan of Study 5
Tactics and Strategies in the Examination Room 7
A Suggested Study Schedule 8
Chapter 2 A Diagnostic Examination 10
Diagnostic Examination 13
Test 1 Writing Skills, Part I 13
Test 1 Writing Skills, Part II 25
Test 2 Social Studies 26
Test 3 Science 40
Test 4 Interpreting Literature and the Arts 53
Test 5 Mathematics 63
Answer Keys, Summaries of Results, and Self-Appraisal Charts 75
Answer Analysis 81
Unit II Writing Skills, Test 1, Part I 97
Chapter 3 Sentence Structure 99
Run-On Sentences 99
Sentence Fragments 102
Parallel Structure 106
Misplaced Modifiers 110
Writing Correct Sentences 115
Chapter 4 Usage 116
Agreement 116
Case of Nouns and Pronouns 121
Verbs 125
Adjectives and Adverbs 130
Glossary of Usage 132
Chapter 5 Mechanics 136
Capitalization 136
Punctuation 139
Spelling 146
Chapter 6 Additional Writing Skills 162
Correct Use of Words 162
Wordiness: The Problem of Too Many Words 167
A Basic 750-Word Vocabulary 170
Chapter 7 Practice with Sample Test Paragraphs 180
Three Additional Sample Test Paragraphs with Answer Analyses 183
Unit III Writing Skills, Test 1, Part II 189
Chapter 8 The Essay 191
What Is an Essay? 191
The Sentence 191
What Is a Paragraph? 199
Types of Essays 202
Setting Up an Essay 204
Creating Quick Outlines for Essays 211
Writing the Essay 213
Unit IV Social Studies, Test 2 223
Chapter 9 Reading and Interpreting Social Studies Materials 225
How to Read Political Science, History, Economics, and Geography 225
Practice with Social Studies Readings 231
Practice with Interpreting Tables, Graphs, Maps 239
Basics in Interpreting Political Cartoons 258
Practice with Interpreting Political Cartoons 260
Practice with Interpreting Historical Documents 263
Practice with Interpreting Photographs 266
Practice with Interpreting Practical Documents 268
Chapter 10 Handling Social Studies Skills Questions 274
Comprehension Items 274
Application Items 275
Analysis Items 276
Evaluation Items 277
Practice with Social Studies Skills Questions 278
Outline of Study for the social Studies Test 283
Glossary of Social Studies Terms 293
Chapter 11 Social Studies Practice 306
Political Science 306
Economics 308
History 311
Geography 314
Unit V Science, Test 3 321
Chapter 12 Reading and Interpreting Science Questions 323
Single-Item Questions 323
Multiple-Item Questions Based on Readings 324
Questions Based on Graphs, Diagrams, and Data Tables 328
Chapter 13 Handling Science Skills Questions 335
The Four Skills 335
Glossary of Scientific Terms 344
Chapter 14 Science Practice 353
Biology 353
Earth Science 370
Chemistry 382
Physics 388
Unit VI Literature and the Arts, Test 4 393
Chapter 15 Reading and Interpreting Literature and the Arts 395
Basic Reading Skills 395
Reading Prose, Poetry, and Drama 397
Reading Commentary on the Arts 414
Glossary of Literary Terms 416
Chapter 16 Literature and the Arts Practice 418
Current Literature (Prose, Poetry, and Drama) 418
Earlier Literature 429
Poetry 432
Drama 434
Commentary on the Arts 435
Unit VII Mathematics, Test 5 445
Chapter 17 Basic Operations 447
Place Values 447
Addition 447
Subtraction 448
Multiplication 450
Division 450
Word Problems Using Basic Operations 452
Setups 453
Parentheses 454
Multiple Questions on One Topic 454
Exponents 455
Square Roots 456
Order of Operations 456
Mean and Median 457
Not Enough Information Is Given 458
Basic Geometry 458
Chapter 18 Fractions 464
Writing Fractions 464
Equivalent Fractions and Reducing to Lowest Terms 465
Raising Fractions to Higher Terms 465
Converting Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers 466
Adding and Subtracting Fractions 466
Lowest Common Denominator 467
Comparing and Ordering Fractions 468
Working with Mixed Numbers 468
Triangles 472
Parallelograms 473
Standard Measurements 473
Word Problems with Fractions 475
Chapter 19 Decimals 480
Decimal Places 480
Decimals and Fractional Equivalents 480
Using Zeroes with Decimals 481
Adding and Subtracting Decimals 482
Multiplying Decimals 482
Dividing Decimals 483
Scientific Notation 485
Circles and Cylinders 486
Chapter 20 Percents 490
Changing Percents to Decimals 490
Changing Decimals to Percents 491
Converting Fractions and Percents 491
Comparing and Ordering Fractions, Decimals, and Percents 492
Solving Word Problems with Percents 493
Word Problems with Percents 494
Multistep Problems with Percents 495
Percent of Increase or Decrease 495
Chapter 21 Tables, Graphs, and Charts 498
Tables 498
Bar Graphs 499
Line Graphs 501
Pie Charts 502
Chapter 22 Algebra 505
The Number Line and Positive and Negative Numbers 505
Working with Variables 507
Inequalities 511
Multiplying Binomials 512
Factoring Quadratic Expressions 513
Quadratic Equations 513
Algebra and Word Problems 514
Setups Using Variables 515
Converting Words into Algebraic Equations 516
Converting Words to Equations and Solving 516
Multistep Algebraic Word Problems 517
Coordinate Geometry 518
Chapter 23 Geometry 523
Angles 523
Geometry and Proportion 531
Geometry and Algebra 533
Chapter 24 Test-taking Strategies 537
The Two-step Evaluation 537
Skipping and Returning 538
Plugging In 539
Eliminating 539
Making the Educated Guess 540
Using the Formula Page 540
Using the Practice Exams 540
Chapter 25 Three Practice Mathematics Tests 541
Practice Test One 542
Answer Key 549
Answer Analysis 550
Practice Test Two 555
Answer Key 562
Answer Analysis 562
Practice Test Three 567
Answer Key 575
Answer Analysis 575
Unit VIII Two Practice Examinations 581
Practice Examination One 583
Test 1 Writing Skills, Part I 585
Test 1 Writing Skills, Part II 598
Test 2 Social Studies 599
Test 3 Science 616
Test 4 Interpreting Literature and the Arts 631
Test 5 Mathematics 641
Answer Keys, Summaries of Results, and Self-Appraisal Charts 654
Answer Analysis 661
Practice Examination Two 677
Test 1 Writing Skills, Part I 679
Test 1 Writing Skills, Part II 692
Test 2 Social Studies 693
Test 3 Science 710
Test 4 Interpreting Literature and the Arts 724
Test 5 Mathematics 735
Answer Keys, Summaries of Results, and Self-Appraisal Charts 746
Answer Analysis 753
Acknowledgments 767
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2004

    This book is the real deal and will help you get your GED diploma for sure.

    I purchased this book after reading the reviews and it was by far the best purchase I ever made. I dedicated myself to studying and sure enough I passed my GED test with flying colors. I was even surprised at my test scores. This book is great and easy enough for any dedicated person to understand and pass the GED test.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2004

    This book really works!

    I droped out of school before I completed Geometry. I really didn't know how to do it. And when I was preparing for my GED, I didn't take any classes, I bought this book and taught myself Geometry. Well I passed my GED with high scores and I will be starting college in July '04'. This is a very good study book for the GED. I highly recommend it. It is easy to understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2003

    very very good book

    this is the best GED book it helped me pass my exam in no time and i got a good grade! i got qutie a few books on GED and this was the best out of all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    Excellent!!!

    I thought this book and the cdrom was an excellent help to prepare me for the exam. An Excellent study guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2002

    If you want to pass the GED this is the only book you will need!!

    I bought this book two weeks before the actual exam and studied throughout that time. When I finally took the exam I felt that I was over-prepared!!! This book explains the new version of the GED to a 'T'!!!!! With practice tests, explanations to questions, and extensive overviews of all the subjects that the exam covers. Such as writting(which iscluded a chapter just on the essay part), math, science, social studies, and finally interpreting the arts!! This book is a must have for anyone who wants to obtain their GED!!! I definetly recomend this book!!! I went to my neighboring Barns and Nobles. During my visit there I looked over various GED books. Over all the best book by far had to be this one! As ironic as it may sound it is also the cheapest!! I love this book. It prepared me for what exactly was on the GED

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